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Kessinger Diagnostic Centre

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411 Highway 72 East
Rolla, MO 65401
Phone: 573-341-8292
Fax: 573-341-8494

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Is it a food allergy or sensitivity?

The word “allergy” is confusing because many people use it as a fully encompassing generic term for true allergic reactions and nonallergic adverse reactions, also called sensitivities or intolerances.

Immune reactions can result from the different types of food allergies or food sensitivities you may possess. The most common foods causing allergic reactions are peanuts, soy, wheat, shellfish, fish, milk, eggs and tree nuts. Once identified, we recommend eliminating those problematic foods from your diet.

Food allergies are divided into two major categories: immediate and delayed.

When immediate food reaction occurs, sufferers experience symptoms within hours of having ingested the food. Symptom onset is rapid and may include tingling of extremities, wheezing, coughing, tightening of the throat, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Sometimes in cases where nuts, shellfish, fish, and peanuts have been eaten anaphylaxis can occur. 

Immediate food reaction is a fixed food allergy. The food to which you are allergic will almost always provoke an immune reaction when ingested. In immediate reactions the body over produces what is called Immunoglobulin E antibodies, (IgE). IgE binds to allergens and and triggers an allergic response to any substance it sees foreign. Often, the reaction isn’t severe the first time, rather it is the second time of exposure that the acute reaction can occur.

A food sensitivity, as opposed to a food allergy, happens gradually and isn’t life threatening. Symptoms of a delayed food allergy can take up to 72 hours to appear. This type of immune response is mediated by the IgG antibody, which is the largest circulating antibody in our immune system and can cross the placenta from mother to child. IgG antibodies are the most common form of immunologic mediated food responses. It can be difficult to identify the offending food since we eat so many foods that go through different processes and have many ingredients. It is estimated that 20% of the population have an adverse reaction to a certain food.

Food sensitivities may be caused by many factors such as stress, infections, overeating, artificial preservatives, additives, molds, pesticides, antibiotics, and environmental pollutants. Unidentified food sensitivities can then contribute to many chronic health conditions: including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, autism, ADD/ADHD, eczema, chronic ear infections, gut malabsorption, insomnia and many others.

Transform Your Health

Improve  your health by avoiding foods that cause inflammation in your body. Each person has a different make up and can have sensitivities to specific foods, which can affect the level of health. Below is a list of symptoms that can be caused by food sensitivities.

  • Respiratory
    Coughing & Wheezing
    Rhinitis
    Asthma
    Bronchitis
    Otitis Media
    Sinusitis
  • Dermatologic
    Acne
    Canker Sores
    Eczema
    Itching
    Urticaria (Hives)
    Angioedema
    Dermatitis
  • Musculoskeletal
    Joint Pain
    Low Back Pain
    Auto – Immune
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Systemic Lupus
    Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurological
    Headache
    Fatigue
    Insomnia
    Irritability
    Depression
    Anxiety
    Migraine
  • Gastrointestinal
    Vomiting
    Diarrhea
    Bloating
    Infantile Colic
    Abdominal Pain
    Loss Of Appetite
    Constipation
    Malabsorption
    Gastritis
    Ulcerative Colitis
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Celiac Disease
    Weight Gain
  • Genitourinary
    Bedwetting
    Chronic Bladder Infections
  • Auto-Immune
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Systemic Lupus
    Multple Sclerosis

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I quit planning my funeral thanks to the care I received at Kessinger Diagnostic Centre.

Sheryl -
Rolla, MO


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411 Highway 72 East
Rolla, MO 65401
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Tuesday8 AM5 PM
Wednesday8 AM5 PM
Thursday8 AM5 PM
Friday8 AM5 PM
SaturdayClosedClosed
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